One of the more head scratching things about a good Eagles season has been their mediocre home record. The Eagles have dropped home games to the Packers, Redskins, Vikings, and Cowboys. Three of those teams are just flat out bad. Granted, the final game against Dallas was meaningless, but even without that you would think the Eagles would have taken care of business at home against these teams. Andy Reid was asked about the Eagles home performance this season.
"Well, obviously the fans aren't playing the [football] game. But you know, we have to take care of that as coaches, and as players we have to make sure we do our job better. But I know our fans, man. There's no better place to play than right here. And when they're cranked up it's a tough, tough [place to play]. I've been on the other end of that. So it's a tough thing to play against."
Reid also re-iterated that Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, & Asante Samuel are all a full go in practice and ready to play this weekend.
Someone raised the question of the lines and how he feels the boys up front have been playing?
"Well, I guess you probably saw that against Dallas we were able to go in and compete against what I consider a team that has two pretty good lines and make it a ballgame. So we have good depth there. We have guys who have had opportunities to play whether it was here or at other places, they have experience. So I feel good about that and it all does start with the front. Now do they have a great challenge? Absolutely, and that's the fun part about this."
Andy was also asked about his time in Green Bay working under GM Ron Wolf and coach Mike Holmgren.
"Well listen, they're a stable organization all the way from the board on down. So I think they have a great front office. And I think, just what you're saying, that the continuity of being there throughout the Holmgren time period, and then some of them actually went to Seattle with Mike [Holmgren], and then now they're back. And the personnel department was all taught by Ron Wolf who has a legitimate shot of being a Hall of Fame general manager. So that's a solid bunch."
On what organizational/front office things he learned in Green Bay and what he brought to Philadelphia with him?
"I've said that before that I had a hard time believing as a head football coach in the National Football League anybody did it any better than Mike Holmgren. And now that I've been a head coach I still feel that way. I just, the way he handled all the different situations I thought there weren't a lot of holes there. And he's a smart guy and he's good with people and just makes good decisions. And then Ron Wolf kind of allowed me into that world there of personnel and shared things with me and we developed a friendship and he taught me things along the way that are invaluable. So I was very fortunate to be in a situation with those two guys."